“Having art in my life wasn’t just a distraction — it was my strength, my confidence, my hope, and my reason to wake up each morning and live another day.”

– Steven Hazlett, Artist in Residence and Brain Tumor Survivor

Our Mission:
Founded in 2002, ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the healthcare experience of pediatric patients through the arts. ArtWorks provides children and young adults starting from birth to age 24 facing chronic and life-limiting illnesses, and their families, access to creative and performing arts programs that serve as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development.

ArtWorks Programs Include:

  • Teaching Artists Program invites Teaching Artists into the hospital setting to offer our Young Artists workshops and one-on-one sessions.
  • Surprise!Supplies brings art supplies and craft kits to our Young Artists through specifically designed mobile art carts, providing opportunities to create throughout the day, especially for our Young Artists who are not able to leave their beds.
  • Express Yourself is a biannual creative and performing arts exhibition in New York and New Jersey inviting our Young Artists to take part in a program of awe-inspiring performances and a gallery exhibition.

The Legacy of Naomi Cohain - Our Inspiration

The Legacy of Naomi Cohain - Our Inspiration

On left: Naomi Cohain with her younger sister Ariella Cohain; on right: Artwork by Naomi.

 

Founded by Daniela Mendelsohn, ArtWorks is inspired by the life of her late cousin, Naomi Cohain. At the age of 14, Naomi was diagnosed with late stage Bone Cancer and found herself spending more and more time in the hospital setting.

Working closely with an art therapist, her creative moments became more significant and Naomi’s passion for the arts provided a vital emotional outlet and source of comfort throughout her illness. Naomi’s story lives on through ArtWorks, inspiring others and serving as a testament to the healing powers of the creative process.

 

Staff

  • AMY SOKAL
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • Fran Heyman
    PROGRAM DIRECTOR
  • DANIELA VERDUGO
    Program Coordinator

Board Members

  • Daniela Mendelsohn
    Founder and Board Chair
  • David Kaufthal
    Founding Board Member
  • Adam Hirsch
    Founding Board Member
  • Peter Bremberg
    Board Member
  • Philip Michael
    Board Member
  • Brianna Elefant
    Board Member

Advisory Council

  • Ellen Goldring, ATR-BC, CCLS, LPC
    Supervisor of Child Life/Creative Arts Therapy Services / Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Dr. Michael Harris, pediatric hematologist-oncologist
    Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Meghan D. Kelly, MS, CCLS
    Director of Child Life / Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
  • Genevieve Lowry M.Ed, CEIM CCLS
    Acting Director of the Child Life Program / Bank Street College of Education NY, NY
  • Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale MA CCLS
    Director of the Child Life Master’s Program / Bank Street College of Education
  • Ria G. Hawks
    Registered Nurse and Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York and President of SAORIARTSNYC
  • Frances Clemente
    Certified Child Life Specialist at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone

Hospital Partners

Bellevue Hospital Center
Bythedale Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center
Brookdale University Hospital & Medical Center
The Brooklyn Hospital Center
The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Children’s Specialized Hospital at Mountainside
Clara Maass Medical Center
Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY
Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center
Elmhurst Hospital
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Memorial Hospital
Harlem Hospital Center
Henry Viscardi School
Hospital for Special Surgery
Incarnation Children’s Center
Initiative for Women with Disabilities
Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center
K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Hersey Shore University Medical Center
Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai Medical Center
Laurence D. and Lori Weider Fink Children’s Ambulatory Care Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
Maimonides Medical Center
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center
Matheny Medical & Educational Center
New Alternatives for Children
New York Methodist Hospital
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
NY-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
NYU Langone Medical Center
Orange Regional Medical Center
Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NY-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center
PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital
Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Saint Peter’s University Hospital
St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
The Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Tisch Hospital at NYU Langone Medical Center
UMDNJ: The University Hospital
The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
Woodhull Medical Center

Supporters

  • Alex Toys
  • Arch For Kids
  • Alliance for Arts & Health - New Jersey
  • Andrea's Frame It Yourself
  • Black Rock
  • Bloomingdales
  • Boothbay Fund Management
  • Bruno Magli
  • Child Life Technology
  • Colart
  • The Community Chest
  • Dolce and Gabbana
  • Frame Art, LLC
  • Framed Image
  • Fresko
  • Jacklyn Kling - Distinctive Framework
  • Loop of the Loom
  • Made Visible Foundation
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Manhattan Beer Disributors
  • Marks Paneth
  • PBC Property  Building Corp
  • Rogin Nassau
  • Royal Wine Corporation
  • Small Factory Productions
  • Scenic Landscaping
  • Sohn Conference Foundation
  • Sweetwater SOcial
  • Trapani Art & Frame
  • Westwood Gallery
  • The World of Ed Heck